1 December 2020 By Olusegun Oyenibi
In a bid to decongest Correctional Centers across Kogi State, the State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Henry Olusiyi has reviewed cases of thirty four inmates and released one.
Justice Olusiyi who reviewed the cases at Dekina and Ankpa Correctional facilities said the exercise was also aimed at accelerating the course of justice.
At the Ankpa Correctional Center, the Acting Chief Judge directed the release of Seventeen year old Gabriel Odinya with immediate effect and be handed over to the Acting Ochogwu of Ogugu, Chief Emmanuel Salifu for proper upkeep as his continued incarceration is unwarranted and due to his ill health.
He equally charged judicial Officers to dispense cases before them dispassionately and give accused persons fair hearing.
Justice Olusiyi commended officials of the Correctional Centers for maintaining the facilities at the Centers despite thier challenges and promised to bring the State Government’s attention to some of the pressing needs of the Centers.
Earlier,the officials in charge of Dekina and Ankpa Correctional Centers, Superintendents Omole Olumuyiwa and Onuh Umoru appealed for the provision of reformatory infrastructure and operational vehicles to convey inmates to Courts as well as the need to involve religious leaders in the reformation of prisoners.
Highlights of the event was a visit to the Eje of Dekina, Alhaji Usman Obaje and the inspection of facilities at the Centers by the Chief Judge and his team as well as financial assistance to the Correctional Centers to meet their immediate needs.